Elon Musk faced a huge backlash online Wednesday evening after he agreed with an anti-Semitic post made on X. Musk replied to the tweet, stating, “You have said the actual truth.” Journalists, political insiders, and pundits immediately began denouncing the world’s richest man.
CNN’s Jake Tapper noted that Musks’ comments come amid a time of rising anti-Semitism and violence against Jews.
The frontpage story of the Drudge Report featured a tweet by journalist Matthew Yglesias who claimed Musk is saying “Jews are getting what we deserve for being liberals.” Yglesias also poked at the relationship between Musk and the Anti-Defamation League who last month resumed advertising on Twitter.
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Users on the far-right message board 4chan “/pol/” are cheering Elon Musk’s tweet, writing that “arguably the most influential person in the entire world just. f*****g. named. them.” & urging fellow users to “like elon’s tweet to show support.” https://t.co/SNMylu1OFf pic.twitter.com/CGrKVOgUCe
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) November 16, 2023
Elon Musk pushing unvarnished anti semitism at a time of rising antisemitism and violence against Jews pic.twitter.com/N5bSQxWsr9
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 15, 2023
Meanwhile, America’s richest man chimes in to say that Jews are getting what we deserve for being liberals. pic.twitter.com/emg9bYgDcM
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 15, 2023
Elon Musk praises the antisemitic replacement theory that motivated a mass shooting as the “actual truth.” White nationalists are already celebrating. https://t.co/5MQYNfgBaR
— Media Matters (@mmfa) November 16, 2023
I’m setting the over/under for Elon Musk boosting a meme that superimposes little Israeli flags over headshots of prominent Jewish Americans at Christmas.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 16, 2023
“Just because Elon Musk’s affirmation of white-nationalist ideology was the unsurprising outcome of his online radicalization spiral doesn’t make it any less devastating—or dangerous,” writes @Yair_Rosenberg: https://t.co/O41G1iUQMr
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) November 16, 2023